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0635 PA8740 Changing City, The


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Reviewer: Miss_Xanthippe_Svanstrom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2012
Subject: Great perspective
Really fascinating to see the contrasts and comparisons between city living and suburbia.

I wish I knew what year this was made (guessing mid-1960s), will ask the fella when he wakes to see if he can identify the cars more specifically. Too bad about the projects (which are maligned in 'The Changing City'); there is another at archive.org--might actually be a series of two parts, I don't recall--that made them seem so promising and made me wonder what went wrong... why are they ghettos now? This film makes vague references to sterile parks and walkways and crime after dark. My assumption was insufficient funding and organisation. But anyway.

Good stuff. Well balanced, surprisingly so. Of course, I love it all; one of my favourites, which the aforementioned fella and I have watched together at least four times, is 'In the Suburbs', by Redbook. This is a fun world we live in! I mean it.
Reviewer: seetheoceanblue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2005
Subject: Change of view on what makes cities great
This film was done in the Jane Jacobs vs Robert Moses era of great awakening. I'm surprised to see a documentary of this kind this early. Further to some of the other commentaries - yes this film does not offer solutions - but no one really was offering solutions because too many people were making too much money off what was going on back then. Still the same, will never change. Capitalism is a temporary success but a long-term catastrophe in its overconsumption. We are near the edge of the cliff...but the good thing is we always survive...I just wish the cliff wasn't so steep.
Reviewer: tgoyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2005
Subject: who's running your life?
perhaps this film was dry if forward-thinking for its time. listen to its warning of the problem of running our society, er, letting businessmen run our society into oblivion. solutions come from thinking about the problem -- or did we give that up to businessmen too?
it's good to see someone was paying attention in the 60s.
PS i think the next review is complaining that the film car-bashes. but it's really bashing the development that requires commuter cars. ->
Reviewer: cashel - favorite - June 12, 2004
Subject: paradise gained
On my visits to the abundant suburbs which are almost identical to that shown in the film,I find that the residents, adults and children are "bored to tears". Only the possession of a car makes life bearable.
Reviewer: AppleGirl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2004
Subject: Excellent footage of suburbia
Cool shots of Orange County suburbia (circa 1963), especially "modern" housing developments around Dana Point and billboards advertising $24,000 homes on Harbor Drive. Hey! We're movin' to Disneyland!

I love one point that this movie makes: "Suburbia is exciting for children, but mom may feel trapped and miss the stimulation of the city." As a child, I recall my mom being totally stranded in our suburban shangri-la; dad took the car to work each day.

Excellent aerial shots, shopping centers, cars, billboards, post-war housing developments. I took away a star only because they showed the same map of an imaginary city too often and for too long.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2003
Subject: Need Some Bearings Rebabbitted?
Fairly dry 60s film about urban problems. Three parts stand out: 1. A scene of fingers doing the walking through the yellow pages of a city and finding places where one can get "bearings rebabbitted" and "singing commercials"; 2. A great sequence of garish billboards advertising housing developments, with an organ soundtrack; and 3. A weird montage of traffic signs and a frustrated driver, designed to portray the problems of city driving, but standing out like a sore thumb in this otherwise dull film. These highlights spice things up a bit, but it's still mostly slow going here.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavorite - July 24, 2003
Subject: Problems yes, but where are the solutions?
This pretty ordinary "Oh woe is the urban sprawl problem" film seems to tell of many problems large city face, but seems to fixate more on spitting out problems and not, you know, suggesting solutions to solve them. Nothing really earth shattering to report here..
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